MSc Medical Physics

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Medical Physics is the branch of physics that applies the concepts and principles of physics to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. The MSc in Medical Physics is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in Medical Physics, either in a clinical environment or in research. 

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The programme provides a strong foundation in diagnostic imaging physics, nuclear medicine, radiation oncology physics and radiation protection, as well as the essential anatomy and physiology knowledge required to understand a patient’s anatomical structure and physiological processes.

Careers & Employability

The programme provides an accepted route to enter a career in Medical Physics. It is also a stepping-stone to PhD research in areas such as diagnostic imaging, radiation oncology physics, nuclear medicine, radiation protection and radiobiology. Prospective employers include Medical Physics Departments in hospitals and clinics across Ireland and abroad, medical device manufacturers and regulatory bodies.

Curricular information is subject to change


Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Medical Physics is the branch of physics that applies the concepts and principles of physics to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. The MSc in Medical Physics is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in Medical Physics, either in a clinical environment or in research. The programme provides a strong foundation in diagnostic imaging physics, nuclear medicine, radiation oncology physics and radiation protection, as well as the essential anatomy and physiology knowledge required to understand a patient’s anatomical structure and physiological processes. 

We aim to produce high quality medical physics graduates who possess the basic and applied scientific knowledge, in addition to the excellent research and communication skills necessary to progress in their career. The programme is strongly supported by teaching hospitals through curriculum delivery and the provision of research project opportunities. Our inter-disciplinary learning environment relies on staff with a deep level of expertise and emphasises research work through a clinically-relevant project that is a large part of the MSc programme. We strive to produce highly motivated, independent thinkers who meet the high standards necessary for progression into medical physics residency and/or further education and research, and are endowed with professional values including scientific integrity and ethical behaviour.

We encourage and educate our students to become active, lifelong and autonomous learners with good prospects of employment in healthcare sectors related to medical physics or for further research. The student learning is supported through lectures, practical work, team projects and seminars. The programme includes presentations and lectures from practising medical physicists giving students the opportunity to learn from leaders in the field. At the end of the programme the students undertake a research study where they apply the knowledge gained in the taught modules to a clinically relevant project. A variety of assessment strategies are employed, including classical written examinations, written assignments, presentations, interviews and case studies.

The programme is offered as a part-time 24 month MSc (T343) or a full-time 12 month programme (T342). There is also the option to obtain a Graduate Diploma by taking the taught module component of the MSc programme, which is offered as a part-time (T345) or full-time (T344) programme.

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MSc Medical Physics (T342) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 8750
nonEU    fee per year - € 25600

MSc Medical Physics (T343) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 4380
nonEU    fee per year - € 12800

***Fees are subject to change

Places will be offered to candidates with a strong foundation in basic physics, as demonstrated by the achievement of an undergraduate or graduate degree in Physics or a degree in an Engineering discipline with a coursework component equivalent to a minor in physics. A minimum of an upper second-class honours or equivalent will be normally required for entry, although students with a strong physics background and lower second class honours degree may be accepted.

Students who do not have English as their first language should meet UCD requirements for English Language.

Dr Seán Cournane

Dr Seán Cournane is Director of the Centre for Physics in Health and Medicine (CPHM) and a clinical medical physicist at St Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH). He specialises in Diagnostic Imaging physics, with particular interests in nuclear medicine, ultrasound imaging and therapy, novel Positron Emission Tomography (PET) tracers and radionuclide therapy.

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Medical Physics FT (T342)
Duration
1 Years
Attendance
Full Time
Deadline
Rolling *
MSc Medical Physics PT (T343)
Duration
2 Years
Attendance
Part Time
Deadline
Rolling *